From the bench to the refs, the superstar calls and non-calls, the gift of competitive basketball keeps on giving Minnesota Timberwolves fans a reason to gripe.
What? Oh, those aren’t Wolves fans? Where’s Michael Beasley? Disenfranchised Vikings and bored Twins fans, get a new hobby. Bandwagoners and bandwagoneers, this is easily the best it’s been to be a Wolves fan for the last ten years.
If you prefer a more nuanced appeal to reason, Mr. Steve McPherson over at A Wolf Among Wolves has this advice (and excellent gif)…
Now, you could cry about how superstars lead their teams and he needs to take this seriously and whatever other tired tropes of sports and heroism and masculinity you want to trot out. But dammit, people: this is a GAME. To be that close in a game on the second night of a back-to-back against a stronger opponent after getting off the shnide with the Lakers, to miss a chance at free basketball by just not tipping that ball up a LITTLE harder, that’s exactly the part where you say, “My bad” and smile. Yes, it was cute when Rubio told Shved to change his face and smile. But it’s actually important. If anything, this team has been overly serious, has taken things way too hard because of being snakebitten by injuries last season. It was a terrific game of basketball and I think the Wolves knew that, and that’s good.
Yeah, that actually addresses people complaining about a supposed lack of intensity, and I don’t see how Kevin Love’s lack of seriousness would be a concern, maybe a lack of post defense on Blake Griffin or a lack of hustle back in transition, but it’s nitpicking when he’s performing like he is at this point.
I guess I would like to address folks who aren’t satisfied with a team playing over .500 ball. Mainly that the complaints people have about the Wolves are so obvious right now (bench), and the parts that haven’t really started to click yet are showing enough encouraging glimpses (Rubio/Pek) that it’s easy to see their room for improvement.
The Wolves will see the Clippers again in a little over a week. The next week’s slate of games features two back-to-backs against some middling-to-poor competition with which to perhaps address some of the bench’s troubles? — or at least get the starters some down time.
Schedule looks like: Cavaliers at home Wednesday, then Nuggets in Denver, Celtics at home Friday-Saturday before heading to Washington and coming back to the Target Center for a Wizards-Clips Tuesday-Wednesday. If the Wolves can win 3 or 4 of those 5 — SERIOUSLY! This is a possibility! How can anyone who watched this squad over the last 2-5 years complain about anything at this point? Did you see Kevin Martin leave JJ Redick doing is Dukie thing to the refs because he couldn’t check him? Do we need to revisit this?
(((Love ya Luke! Good luck in Milwaukee!)))
I’ll repeat that first part: If the Wolves can win 3 or 4 of those 5 (Cavs, Nuggs, Cs, Wiz, Clips) they’ll be putting themselves in great position heading into games against the Nets, Rockets, Pacers and Thunder in the two weeks after. That’s the real deal, Wolves fans.
Competitive basketball is a reality.